The Emerald Coast is famous not only for its stunning beaches but also for the huge population of dolphins that can be spotted by boat or from local piers. Playful and friendly, these creatures are a delight to behold. Unfortunately, local dolphins are far more vulnerable than most people realize. Dolphin crimes are on the…

Criminal proceedings are complicated enough as is in the state of Florida, but what if the alleged crime purely surrounds the agreement to commit a different offense? This situation forms the basis of criminal conspiracy, which can deliver surprisingly harsh penalties for accused individuals. Learn all about Criminal Conspiracy Charges in Florida below. Criminal Conspiracy…

With public opinion quickly shifting on the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, it’s only a matter of time before the substance is legal in most states — or even at the federal level. Until recently, however, recreational marijuana in Florida has remained a step behind many other states. Not only does recreational marijuana remain…

It is common practice for Destin attorneys to instruct their clients to remain quiet in court and during police interactions — and for good reason. Unfortunately, if you are arrested and charged with a crime in Northwest Florida, anything you say — even the most seemingly innocuous statements — can eventually be used against you. Many Florida residents…

Several areas of criminal law are undergoing significant changes. One of the most notable — and the most often forgotten by everyday Florida residents — involves asset forfeiture. Common practices established in hopes of combating the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s are now being scaled back in recognition of the devastation they can impart. Despite…

Bingo and cards may seem like the perfect opportunities for relaxation, but they, unfortunately, hold several legal complications that can leave seemingly innocent participants dealing with criminal charges. If, however, the proper conditions are met, it’s possible to enjoy a variety of games without fear of breaking the law — even when money-based wagers are…

A criminal conviction in Northwest Florida can forever change every aspect of life as you know it. In addition to facing fines or jail time, you will encounter several new challenges after you’ve served your sentence. A few of the most worrisome issues are highlighted below: Difficulty Finding Employment In an age of criminal background…

On a hot day, nothing beats hopping on the boat and enjoying the beautiful waterways of Northwest Florida. With such excursions come great responsibilities, however, as boaters face several hazards not present on Florida roads. Unfortunately, many residents treat boating and drinking as inextricably linked, with boats regarded as the perfect setting for kicking back…

A DUI conviction could completely change life as you know it in Florida, leaving you dealing not only with harsh criminal penalties, but also a damaged reputation and a difficult road ahead. A mere arrest could also prove devastating — even if you are not ultimately convicted. Hence, the need for caution if you are…

Drug trafficking holds stiff consequences in Okaloosa County and throughout the state of Florida, where seemingly ordinary individuals can face years behind bars if charged with this felony crime. The bar for trafficking can be surprisingly low, with ‘knowing possession’ often deemed sufficient to place accused individuals behind bars. Your response in the aftermath of…

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